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Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course provided by Down Under Cruise & Dive

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Learn to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef: 4-Day PADI Open Water Dive Course

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Overview
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, and there are few better places on earth to learn to scuba dive. This 4-day PADI open water dive course offers the ideal introduction, with expert instruction both in and out of the water, two full-day scuba diving excursions along the Great Barrier Reef including lunch on board, and official PADI dive certification upon completion of the course.
Highlights
  • Official course for PADI Open Water Dive Certification
  • Four guided scuba dives along the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hassle-free daily transfers from your Cairns hotel
  • Small-group classes of up to eight participants
What to Expect
The PADI open water course is the leading certification course for scuba divers and suitable for complete beginners. During your 4-day training course, spend the first two days learning the theory with classroom lessons and practice basic scuba diving skills, safety drills, and correct ascending and descending techniques during training sessions in a swimming pool. Once you are fully prepared, put your skills to the test in the open waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy two full-day cruises, each including two guided scuba dives—four dives in all—and experience the underwater wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you stay safe and maximize your chances of spotting marine life, such as tropical fish, reef sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles. Both cruises include a delicious barbecue buffet lunch served on board. Upon completion of the course, you will receive your PADI Open Water Dive Certificate, which allows you to scuba dive up to a depth of 60 feet (18 meters), join certified dive tours, rent diving equipment, and take part in advanced PADI diving courses.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cairns, Cairns, Cairns Region, Queensland
Duration
4 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional diver
  • Two Full Evolution Outer Reef Tours with 4 Training Dives
  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • PADI Photo Certification Card
  • Two Passport Photos
  • PADI Diver Log Book
  • All Dive Equipment & Wetsuits
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • The listed price does not include a AUD$40 per person levy surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The levy surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not recommended for participants with heart or other serious medical conditions
  • Diving within 48 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart conditions, etc.) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Students must be able to complete a basic swimming and floating test to complete this course.
  • All students must complete a medical questionnaire before commencement of the course. If a medical issue is identified by the course instructor you may be required to obtain a full dive medical 400S.1 at your own expense from a local medical center.
  • Students must be deemed fit by Dive Doctor before course commences. No asthma
  • Please bring sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, swimsuit and a towel and cash or credit card for on board payment/purchases (fares, soft drink, chocolates, underwater camera, T-shirts)
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Diana P wrote a review Feb 2020
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I've spent the most amazing time in those 4 days with downunderdiveandcruise on my Open Water Diving Course. My Diving Instructor was Ryan Whiteman and he is the BEST in teaching you diving and keeping you safe and sound under water. Lessons in class were interesting and thanks
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Olivia M wrote a review Dec 2019
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Amazing 4 days! The course is well paced with 2 days in the pool and classroom so you get the hang of all your gear and then 2 days on the barrier reef which is incredible! We were able to see so much marine life including turtles and sharks and that was whilst getting out
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ali wrote a review Dec 2019
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Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life, from day one even in the classroom Ryan our instructor really made the whole experience so much fun and easy going. Couple that with the actual barrier reef being breathtaking and you've got a brilliant experience Can't
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Bachngoc N wrote a review Dec 2019
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We had such an amazing tour!! I was worried that we would see much coral life but we did! The crew is absolutely wonderful and passionate about their job and super helpful! Such an amazing experience would do again!!!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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MattyL wrote a review Dec 2019
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Ryan our instructor was a super nice and friendly guy that made this class so easy, comfortable, and ridiculously fun. Half of the group even did the advanced course afterwards since we enjoyed him and the company so much. Every single crew member on the boat is constantly
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Date of experience: December 2019
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tamikamowanam
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great snorkelling and dive
great snorkelling and diving experience was great for me i’m definitely going to do this again. coral reef and mari
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Irisrmrmrmrm
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Unforgettable day
Perfect tour, a super friendly and collaborative staff, the photographer is a professional, she took some unforgett
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javiesca928
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AMAZING experience! Incredibly friendly and helpful staff!
One of the most magical experiences of my life...the images I brought back with me are unforgettable! The staff w
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cgrick
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Unsafe and Unsanitary
The EVOLUTION is a new, modern catamaran. We did a day trip from Cairns and it was the worst excursion we have eve
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WanderbugAussie
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Excellent staff & great day out
10 out of 10 to the amazing staff who do such a great job. It is you guys who make the reef trip such a good experi
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adamblairgolden
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A DREAM Day!
First of all, if you had a bad day on this trip, that's on you. This was a great day from start to finish. Many
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Jordan S
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Enjoyable diving with a decent lunch buffet. Staff was friendly and accommodating any problems.
They provided all the necessary scuba equipment is you don't bring any of your own. Great refresher if needed for d
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David L
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Talked the talk but did not walk the walk!
We had been really looking forward to this adventure and for the most part it was pretty decent. We left from the d
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SeanY34735
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A Bucket list trip
This should be on everyone’s bucket list, an awesome trip. A professional team ran this trip like clockwork, a big
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RynierSnr
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Great customer care and diving!
It was the first time our family of 5 dived together - Down Under took care to group us together with a dive instru
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Kat2113
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Two out of three ain't bad
Far North Queensland is beautiful. And the three day pass was good value. The trip to the reef was amazing and th
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JerryandCarolAnnF
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Once in a lifetime experience
we toured the reef and it was amazing to experience such a natural phenomenon. The guide was well versed and shared
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PhiJamGeo
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By far the best reef tour
The Evolution is the largest and most modern ship in the Cairns Marina. The crew is outstanding with a priority for
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Melroy P
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They make a good experience better
The Evolution is a swanky catamaran, and fairly new. The crew well trained and a cheerful lot. The guy who gave the
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3LauranK
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The Best Reef Experience!
My partner and I signed up to do the 4 day PADI open water course and after our days on the reef immediately signed
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian
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